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motivo smmotive nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
  purpose nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
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motive n (goal, objective)causa, razão sf
  motivo sm
motif n (design: repeated pattern)  (ornato isolado ou repetido)motivo sm
motif n (music: recurring theme)  (música: ritmo predominante)motivo sm
wherefore n usu pl (reason)razão sf
  motivo sm
sake n (purpose)  (propósito)fim, motivo sm
   (por amor a)amor sm
 For the sake of fairness, let's all take turns.
 Com o fim (or: motivo) de ser justo, vamos todos ter a nossa vez.
motif n (central idea)  (idéia central)motivo, intuito, escopo sm
wherefrom adv literary, archaic (whence)  (literário, arcaico)donde advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  por isso, por esse motivo loc adv
cause for alarm n ([sth] that creates panic)motivo de preocupação
 Even though the pilot said that there was no cause for alarm, the turbulence made all the passengers nervous.
for some reason adv (for an unknown reason)  (por razão desconhecida)por alguma razão, por algum motivo loc adv
 For some reason my computer's started crashing whenever I log on to the internet.
for whatever reason adv (for any reason)por qualquer motivo loc adv
 For whatever reason he did it, the fact remains that he did it.
on account of this adv (for this reason)  (por esta razão)por causa de, por este motivo loc adv
 The bridge collapsed; on account of this, we have to take the ferry.
a laughing matter n ([sth] not taken seriously )piada sf
  motivo de chacota loc sm
urge n (desire)motivo, desejo sm
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